With parity restored in the three-game series, the decider at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday promises to be a tantalizing game.
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When Indian bowlers put on another impressive show to beat England for 246 in 49 overs, little did it know the visiting batters would inexplicably implode for a paltry 146 in 38.5 overs in the face of beautiful seaming and bowling swing by Topley.
How it happened
David Willy (1/27 in 9 overs), seasoned Moeen Ali (1/30) and Liam Livingstone (1/4) also played their part to perfection.
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Topley’s numbers were the best of an Englishman in the ‘Mecca of cricket’.
Having won the first match by 10 wickets, the Indian team could not have realized that the wheels of fortune would turn so quickly.
With Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant all back in the locker room just after the first Powerplay and only 31 runs on board, there was only one possible outcome.
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Suryakumar Yadav (27 years old), Hardik Pandya (29) and Ravindra Jadeja (29) tried their hand, but the scores would certainly provide a broader picture of the kind of fate Indian batters endured during the chase.
Dhawan (9 from 26 balls) and skipper Rohit (0 from 9 balls) looked distinctly uncomfortable as the 6ft 5in tall Topley hit the seam and, with his height, also extracted a disconcerting rebound constantly.
Knowing that Rohit is a hooker and a compulsive shooter, Topley kept him full and a typical left arm delivery that goes through the angle found the India captain up front.
Dhawan, whose time at the wicket was as painful as Rohit, tickled one in the side of Jos Buttler’s leg.
Kohli’s brisk 22-second walk through the Lord’s Long Room was elegantly captured by broadcasters as he was seen rolling up his collar as he entered the gaming arena.
It was followed by three picturesque shots — an off-drive, an over-drive and a cover drive — all pulled out of the top drawer, but the propensity to play it all on the front caused its downfall.
Left arm pacer Willey angled one on the stump and once again the former India captain misjudged the length with his front foot trigger. The resulting nickname was happily accepted by skipper Buttler behind the stumps.
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Rishabh Pant (0) in Indian blue jersey has often been a pale shadow of what he is in white flannel. A full coin toss has been dropped off to middle defensive player in designer Brydon Carse. It was 31 for 4 and suddenly a goal of 247 seemed gigantic.
Suryakumar Yadav (27 from 29 balls) looked to pick up from where he left in Nottingham during that incredible T20 hundred.
With Pandya he added 42 runs before Topley, coming in for his second outing, bounced an extra one and forced the batter to go for a nonexistent undercut when there was minimal room for execution.
Earlier, smart variations from Yuzvendra Chahal complemented by fast and consistent medium bowling from Hardik Pandya saw India beat England for a manageable 246 in 49 overs after opting for the pitch.
However, it was Moeen Ali (47 from 64 balls) who brought the attack back into the opposition camp with his daring six hooked and fired interspersed with slog sweeps as England’s tally had a semblance of respectability after the dreaded top-end promised a lot but delivered little.
Moeen and David Willey (41 from 49 balls) added 62 runs for the seventh wicket to help set up a 250 run target after 200 seemed unlikely at one point.
On a two-speed track, Chahal (10-0-47-4) was brilliant at managing his lengths while giving the ball plenty of air as he shook off England’s ‘Big Three’ – Jonny Bairstow (38), Joe Root (11) and Ben Stokes (21) – then choked Moeen just when he looked dangerous.
At the other end, Pandya (6-0-28-2), who is slowly regaining his bowling rhythm, participated in the wickets of Jason Roy (23) and Liam Livingstone (33) to stifle the flow as Rohit Sharma . had another great day in power, maneuvering his six-man attack.
Mohammed Shami (10-0-48-1) was royal as usual as he casted rival skipper Jos Buttler (4) with a sharp inswinger that followed late.
Jasprit Bumrah (10-1-49-2) and Shami were in the area again although it wasn’t such a big debacle for England compared to the opener.
It was during the middle overs that Chahal was excellent as he controlled the white Kookaburra like a yo-yo, sometimes pushing the delivery fuller and sometimes shortening the length.
Deliveries to return Bairstow, Root and Stokes were all of varying lengths while Moeen Ali, towards the end of the fag, was made through the delivery line.
But it all came down to zero at the end of it all.